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    Default Help- Repairing vinyl salvage covers.

    Ok, I have some red vinyl salvage covers that need to be repaired. And yes, duct tape have already been used and failed.

    Is there a kit or some type of method to repair a rip? I thought I have seen some sort of glue patch system before.

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    Bou I saw an officer use a water bed patching kit and it seemed to hold up.

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    Aren't they dirt cheap? It might be easier and cheaper to go to Home Depot and get new ones. That's what we do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassFireGuy View Post
    Aren't they dirt cheap? It might be easier and cheaper to go to Home Depot and get new ones. That's what we do.
    Your thinking of a plastic tarp..bou is talking about those heavy vinyl ones.

    Bou, get a repair kit for a vinyl dump tank..should work fine.
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    If you've got a tent or upholstery shop nearby, or someone that makes tarps for trucks and such, you might see what they use or recommend. There's patch kits and ways to do it, they should know where to get them and what you'd need. We've got one that'll patch them for us for nothing whenever we have an issue.

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    I was thinking of the vinyl ones.

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    I'd ask around the local eateries, they have to have someone to repair the vinyl seats in their booths.

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    Bou, With the amount of Swimming Pools in your area, finding a Pool Supply store should be fairly easy. All of them stock Repair Kits for Vinyl Pool liners. Same stuff as the Salvage Tarps.........
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    A BIG thank you the help so far. I was thinking of throwing them away and just buying new ones. (we have like 8 new covers already) But these are still good and I would hate to waste a fairly decent cover.

    Hopefully I can find someone local.

    Here is what I am dealing with. As you can see, the duct tape fix doesnt last so long.
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    Depending on the rip, a vinyl company could sew the side together and seal it for you (I know of a company who makes custom vinyl salvage covers for boats - he sews the pieces together and seals them -)

    Just a thought -

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    your best bet is to go to a vinyl cover shop. We have a local guy who makes tarp covers for boats, viynl tops on cars, our hose tarps on our trucks, etc.
    They will have a repair kit for ya.

    Otherwise, you could use it as material to repair other covers. We have an old salvage cover we use for "parts" and the use of a heavy duty sewing machine, it's good as new!!
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    Buy new ones.....the State has plenty of expendable funds.
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    Just as a suggestion-

    Those old vinyl dinosaur covers are heavy, they take up a lot of valuable compartment space, and are a pain in the *** to maintain.

    My career department came up with an idea a few years ago- go to the big orange or big blue home supply center, and buy (or beg for) a bunch of those blue tarps, in varying sizes. If they wont give them to you, they are cheap enough to buy. Here are the advantages:

    -pre-folded, compressed and packaged in easy to store sizes. You can store 2dozen of these in the space it takes to store a dinosaur cover.

    -they are just as watertight/waterproof as the old vinyl or neoprene-impregnated canvas covers

    -one member can easily deploy them

    -they have grommets for tying down, or making those water-chutes in rookie class

    -easily used for covering up vent holes in roofs, and more durable for this purpose than 6 mil poly

    -Their cheap cost easily allows for your department to "give them" to the homeowner or business owner victims as a public relations tool. The victim can re-use them to cart out burned/damaged materials, or for whatever else needs they may have (covering up other items, etc etc etc.)
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    Dude, just send it to the fire shop.

    They'll lose it, and send you a different one. Just cover up where it says "Truck 17", and put your unit ID on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Just as a suggestion-

    Those old vinyl dinosaur covers are heavy, they take up a lot of valuable compartment space, and are a pain in the *** to maintain.

    My career department came up with an idea a few years ago- go to the big orange or big blue home supply center, and buy (or beg for) a bunch of those blue tarps, in varying sizes. If they wont give them to you, they are cheap enough to buy. Here are the advantages:

    -pre-folded, compressed and packaged in easy to store sizes. You can store 2dozen of these in the space it takes to store a dinosaur cover.

    -they are just as watertight/waterproof as the old vinyl or neoprene-impregnated canvas covers

    -one member can easily deploy them

    -they have grommets for tying down, or making those water-chutes in rookie class

    -easily used for covering up vent holes in roofs, and more durable for this purpose than 6 mil poly

    -Their cheap cost easily allows for your department to "give them" to the homeowner or business owner victims as a public relations tool. The victim can re-use them to cart out burned/damaged materials, or for whatever else needs they may have (covering up other items, etc etc etc.)
    ditto
    The old heavy salvage covers can be easily replaced by the cheap blue tarps and plastic rolls. I would say that they are no longer worth repairing from an economical standpoint unless you are saving them to put in your fire museum.

    But if you need to fix them I go with Harvey's suggestion of calling a pool company.
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    You could try the patches tire shops use on the inside of a tire, I have fixed several dump tank rips with these.

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